This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Penn plans for new RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program. Penn is one of six schools selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to plan and establish a interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program to address the underlying determinants of health. LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Robert Aronowitz will direct the new program.

Firearm Center Launches Monthly Forum. The Firearm Injury Center at Penn (FICAP) has begun the "FICAP Forum," a series of informal presentations about firearm injury and prevention. The next forum, open to all, will feature Neil Weiner, PhD, of Penn's Center for the Study of Youth Policy, who will discuss measurement and indicators for firearm research, intervention, or evaluation. The Forum will be held Thursday, January 17, 2002, 9:30 - 10:30 AM, at FICAP, 3440 Market Street, First Floor. For more information, call (215)-614-0162.

SUMR's Coming! For the third consecutive year, LDI and the Health Care Systems Department at Wharton are sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program, with funding from AHRQ. The SUMR program provides summer stipends for rising undergraduate juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups. SUMR Scholars conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty. The application deadline is February 1, 2002.
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Upcoming Seminars and Workshops
Health Policy: (This semester's theme: "Underserved Populations in American Health Care")
Please join us for a robust discussion with Charles N. (Chip) Kahn, President of the Federation of American Hospitals, entitled, "What's to be done about the uninsured?" Mr. Kahn will share his perspectives with us on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 12:00 pm.
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Informatics: LDI is pleased to host the Provost's Interdisciplinary Seminar on Health Informatics on February 1, 2002 at 12:00 p.m. Janet Reis, PhD, Professor of Community Health at the University of Illinois, will present her work on a computer-based educational program that addresses alcohol consumption in young adults.
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Recent Seminars
Research: Richard Hirth, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, presented recent work entitled, "Competitive Spillovers Across Non-profit and For-profit Nursing Homes."
of January 11 talk

Health Policy: Mary Foley, RN, MS, President of the American Nurses Association, spoke about professional nursing's efforts to document and improve quality of care.
from December 7 talk

Issue Brief
Improving Handwashing in Hospitals: A Patient Education and Empowerment Program
by Maryanne McGuckin, DrScEd

Executive Education
Two programs, postponed from last fall, will kick off this month. The President's Leadership Development Program for United HealthCare Executives is one piece of a larger two-year leadership development program for key UHC managers. The program runs from January 27 to February 1.

The GlaxoSmithKline-Wharton Executive Management Program for Pharmacy Leaders also begins this month. Since 1987, this program has honed the financial and managerial skills of a select group of leaders of pharmaceutical organizations. The program runs from January 30 to February 5.

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